Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey issued a tearful apology Thursday for her comments regarding critics of the school’s handling of a highly-publicized sexual assault scandal -- an issue that mostly involved the football program and Art Briles.

After her 500th win on Saturday, she told her home crowd to “knock them in the face,” in response to people who refuse to send their daughters to the school, and it touched off a national firestorm. 

“I’m sorry for the choice of words,” Mulkey said Thursday as she fought back tears. “The timing wasn’t good. Poor analogy maybe, as well. For those of you who know me, I’m an emotional person. I coach with emotion. I played with emotion, and it was an emotional moment. I guess you’d say it got the best of me because I really do love this place. 

“Awful things happened here. We failed victims here, but I’m encouraged every day because I see what’s taken place to fix it. And, I just think we’ve responded the way we can aggressively, financially. We’ve admitted our mistakes. My heart goes out to victims. How can I not? I’m a woman. I have a daughter. I’m responsible for how many in that locker room. In fact, I’m angry that we’ve failed those women. But I’m also encouraged because I see that we’re trying to do better.”